Tustumena Elementary Newsletter

October 14, 2015

We are just getting started, or so it seems.

Seems we just got back to school and already we are at the end of the first quarter. Friday, October 16th our teachers will be organizing the School Enrichment Model and working with a district coach to streamline out standard-based report cards. Please remember that this is a "no student" day.

To follow up with the report card will be the Parent/Teacher conferences on October 29th and 30th. You should have received a notice from your child's teacher with your appointment time. If you have not, please contact them or Mrs. Mills at 260-1345.

Red Ribbon Week - Next Week

To call attention to making good decisions about drugs, we will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week with special messages and "dress-up" days. One easy rule-of-thumb about our dress-up days is, "If you think you should call Mr. Hayman to see if an accessory is okay, you should probably use a different accessory."

The days are themed:


Monday Pajama Day—Numbered ribbons passed out today for daily drawings

Tuesday- Sports day

Wednesday- Hat Day

Thursday- Crazy Hair Day

Friday- Inside out Day

From our PTO


We would like the thank everyone who has signed up to help with the Halloween Carnival on Friday October 30th. However, we are still in need of volunteers for the following:

Wednesday set up (heavy work)
4:00
Running game booths
5:45-7:00 or 6:45-8:00
Thursday and Friday game set-up and decorating
9:00 AM start time
Saturday clean up
9:00 AM

We also need cakes/Cupcakes for the Cake Walk.

If you are able to help, please contact your child's teacher. Thank you!

October 15, 2015 District Budget Meeting

“The district is facing a fiscal gap for our 2016-2017 budget. We are prioritizing the programs and services we will be able to offer in our schools. The district may need to make difficult decisions depending upon the level of funding we receive from the state and borough. I encourage the public to use this meeting as an opportunity to learn about this fiscal reality, and to think in terms of what we can do differently to produce a balanced budget.” - Sean Dusek, superintendent

Title One Meeting



Spooky Stories

Title I Meeting & Family Reading Night

Thursday, October 22nd

3:40 – 4:30 pm

Room 104

Title I families are invited to our fall Title I meeting to discuss the goals of the program for the coming year and discuss the budget. A small snack will be provided.

The meeting will be followed by a family fun activity night. Families can read spooky stories, play reading games and make crafts.

All students must be accompanied by an adult to attend.

Questions??? Call Mrs. Granger at 260 – 1366

Hope to see you there!

A BIG THANK YOU!- To Walmart

This week representatives from the Kenai Walmart visited each classroom and awarded twenty $50 gift cards for teachers to use in their classrooms.

ALICE walk through

It is time to practice our ALICE evacuation drill. ALICE is a way of evacuating the building in case of an intruder. Since the thought of an intruder is always scary, we are going to walk through it a time or two before we practice the actual evacuation. We always hope for the best but plan for the worst. If you would like to walk through the drill with us, you are welcome to come or observe or participate in the walk through. We will be practicing Friday, October 23 at 10:30am.

Up Coming Events

Every Wednesday after school- Bible Kids- Kasilof Community Church - At Tustumena (Mrs. Bosick's room) After school until 5pm

October 15 - Site Council meeting 5:30 pm - (special meeting on district budget)

October 16 - Teacher in-service (No students)

October 19 - Lynx Track for K to Ninilchik

October 19-30- Book Fair (also open during Parent/Teacher conferences)

October 20- Lynx Track for Grade 1 to Ninilchik

October 20- Lynx Track for Grades 2/3 to Hay Tunnel

October 20 - PTO 4pm

October 21- Lynx Track for Grades 4-6 to Hay Tunnel

October 22 - Book Author visit - Cindy Lou Aillaud

October 28 - Picture retakes

October 28 - Early release

October 29 - Parent Teacher conferences

October 30 - Parent Teacher conferences

October 30 - Halloween carnival - 6pm -8pm

October 31- Halloween Trunk or Treat (Time TBA)

Book Fair News

I am excited!! We have an author, Cindy Lou Aillaud, coming to visit us the morning of Thursday October 22nd. She is an Alaskan author of the book “Recess at 20 below” which is a 3rd/4th grade Battle Book this year. We will have 2 assemblies that day – primary and intermediate. The schedule is as follows:


9:30 to 10:15 – Primary*

10:15 to 10:30 – Meet with 5 Intermediate Students** and a teacher*** (Students and teacher will meet with her separately.)

10:30 to 11:30 – Intermediate

11:40 to 12:00 – Classroom****

12:00 to 12:30 – Battle of the Books with Ms. Gossett

We will be doing the assemblies in the Lunch Room


Miss Thompson

More about our Book Fair

The Book Fair is ONLINE!! You can start shopping at the online book fair on October 14 and keep shopping until November 3rd. If you don’t see what you want at our book fair, try online. They have THOUSANDS MORE books than we will have. Go to scholastic.com/fair. Click on Alaska and then Kasilof. All purchases benefit our school library and SHIPPING IS FREE to the school.

P.S. Miss Thompson will be setting up the bookfair Friday October 16th from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. She would love some help!! (There could be a free book in it for you)

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Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Tustumena is hosting its annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest on October 28th. The decorated pumpkins may be brought to school Wednesday morning and then they will need to be taken home at the end of the same day. There will be prizes for the primary aged children and for the intermediate grades.

From Mrs. Abel

“A strategy for calming down if overwhelmed by emotions is to engage other parts of the brain. Take deep breaths as you look around and name 5 things you can see, 4 things you can touch, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell, and 1 thing you can taste. 5-4-3-2-1; breathe and prepare your mind to think clearly.”

Thank you,

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